Moving day can sneak up on you in a hurry! No matter how well you feel you are prepared, it seems like there is almost always something that is overlooked. Packing up all of your possessions and prepping your furniture for a move is huge project and unless you are prepared, it can feel a bit overwhelming.
Jones Moving has helped hundreds of people move in the past and have seen what works and what does not work. We put together this Ultimate Moving Checklist to help you as you prepare for your move.
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Two Months to “M-Day”
· Alert friends and family that you are moving
· Take inventory of what things will make the move and what will not
· If your children are changing schools, now is a good time to let both schools know
· Begin to clean out storage areas at your house
· Identify items that will not be going with you
· This is a great time to have a moving sale or garage sale
One Month to “M-Day”
· Complete and submit change of address forms
· Set up a box or file specifically for medical or school records
· Now is the time to notify your landlord if you are renting
· List any vehicles that need to be sold
· Get boxes, tape and other packing materials ready to go
· Start infrequently used items such as camping gear and seasonal clothing
· Begin to make arrangements for the transportation of family pets
· Redirect mail to new address through Post Office
· Pack up kitchen items that are not essential for the next week
· Have your children box up majority of their toys
· Books, DVD collections, board games can be packed
· Pack up linen closet and laundry room – leave only essentials
· Finalize arrangements for the disconnection of utilities such as cable, internet, water, electricity
· Check to make sure your new home will be ready for you with working utilities, phone, cable, electricity
· Cancel deliveries of newspapers
· Be sure to return all rented items such as movies or library books
· Take down all wall hangings and artwork and prepare them for move
· Organize and prepare outdoor furniture
· Finish packing garage and storage
3 Days to “M-Day”
· Disconnect and pack all small appliances that will not be used (oven toasters, mixers)
· Dispose of unwanted medicine
Take any valuable & breakable out of Dresser
Empty your Desk
· Empty trash cans
· Bedrooms should be mostly packed besides the basics
· Clean out bathrooms
1 Day to “M-Day”
· Disconnect all electronics that won’t be used (Blu-ray players, stereos, computers)
· Begin cleaning out refrigerator
· Defrost freezer
· All kitchen cabinets should be empty and dishes packed
M – DAY
· Be ready for movers
· Keep all important documents with you
· Make sure all utilities are turned off
· Check that windows are locked
· Do Final walk through with the Movers to make sure nothing is left behind
The best part about using an experienced professional moving company like Jones Movers is that we are there to help alleviate the stress on moving day. You can rely on our high quality service to get you and your possessions safely to your new home.
When it comes time to move your items into storage, there are some specific things you can do that will make a huge difference, we will show you how to prepare items for storage. Planning ahead can help you avoid headache and aggravation down the road and can make it so much easier to remove items when needed. Here’s some ideas we’ve picked up over the years:
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· Protect your dishes by using special dish packing boxes.
· Wrap each glass, dish, and cup in its own packing paper or bubble wrap – you might also use socks for glasses.
· Plates and bowls should also be wrapped individually and stacked in boxes on their sides.
· Be sure to use plenty of cushioning at the bottom of boxes containing dishes or glasses.
· Mark boxes clearly with “fragile” and be sure to stack these boxes at the top of your storage unit.
· Take the time to wrap big pieces of furniture such as sofas and loveseats with plastic or blankets. This will keep them clean and make them easier to move.
· Stack chairs seat to seat and be sure to put a piece of cloth or paper in between the cushions.
· Be sure to cover other valuable furniture carefully with plastic or blankets.
· Store couches on end if possible to conserve space.
· Separate the legs of a table from the table when possible to save space. Wrap each leg in paper, plastic or a towel.
· Put all hardware (such as nuts, bolts, screws) into a plastic bag and tape the bag to the piece of furniture it belongs to.
Books, Files, Documents
· Careful not to overload boxes with books – you don’t want them to be too heavy.
· Use file storage boxes and hanging folders for documents.
· Be sure to label boxes accurately.
Appliances and Electronics
· First be sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing – they can be ruined when stored with even the smallest amount of moisture inside.
· When possible, store electronics in original packaging.
· Leave refrigerator door open slightly for circulation.
· Be sure that when filling a box, you fill it completely so it doesn’t collapse.
· Use empty spaces between chairs and in the tops of dressers to store small items.
· Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic and stored on their sides.
· When storing metal items, run a few drops of oil on them to prevent rusting.
· Artwork and mirrors should be carefully wrapped in plastic or packing paper and then placed in heavy duty cardboard boxes.
Be sure to give us a call at Jones Moving & Storage if you have any questions regarding specific items. We’ve been in the moving and storing business for years and know a thing or two about prepping for storage.
It’s important to consider the protection of your carpet and especially protect your floors on moving day. With so much foot traffic in and out of your home, you may want to take some precautions to ensure you’re not left with stained or scuffed carpets and flooring. It’s also a good idea to protect your floor in the event that a heavy piece of furniture skids along the tile or if an appliance scratches your hardwood floors.
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Here are some simple things you can do to ensure your floors are safe on moving day.
1. Carpets – Use either plastic film or carpet masking. Both will provide protection from dirt and are inexpensive. Plastic film tends to stick to the surface, so you don’t have to spend time or money on tape. This is also a great option when you’re moving in rainy or snowy weather as it will keep your floors dry and clean.
2. Hardwood Floors – Cardboard, rugs, blankets, heavy duty paper, or painter’s drop cloths all work as great protection for hardwood floors. You’ll want to consider a few things such as routes and safety. If you can find a quicker route out of the house that eliminates the need to cross hardwood floors, you may save yourself time and money. When it comes to safety, you want to be sure to use coverings on your floor that will keep the movers from slipping or falling.
3. Furniture Sliders – These can be found at most home improvement stores. They come in many different shapes and sizes and not only protect your floor, but also make moving bigger pieces much easier.
4. Plywood – The ultimate protection for flooring during a move is plywood. It’s strong and heavy duty holding up under any type of weight. You can easily move loaded dollies across plywood and you won’t have to worry about dropped furniture or messy work boots.
5. Booties – You might consider having your movers wear booties. Booties can easily slip on and off over the movers shoes. They are inexpensive and will also keep out water and dirt.
There are plenty of options available for protecting the floors of your home in a move. The most important part is to take the time to communicate with your team of movers so they know and understand your expectations. As mentioned before, professional movers may be able to find a creative way to move your possessions in or out of a home while avoiding your floors as much as possible.